Double Simcoe IPA | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Double Simcoe IPADouble Simcoe IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
weyerbacher.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed using 100% Simcoe(R) Hops, a west coast hop variety created in 2000 by Select Botanicals, Inc.

Added by yen157 on 05-05-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,238
Reviews:
1,364
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
11.27%
 
 
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Ratings: 3,238 |  Reviews: 1,364
Photo of ralree
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Disclaimer: I've had this bottle for quite a while, so I'm not sure how accurate this review would be for the average bottle.

A: Lots and lots of head, too much. Deep reddish gold. Completely opaque.

S: Smells a lot like an IPA mixed with a Belgian. Very weird.

T: Lots of hops, honey, really toasty malt - almost charred, very strong raisin flavors. This one tastes like it smelled - like a super-hoppy Belgian. Since I'm not a huge fan of Belgian ales, I don't care too much for it, but it's drinkable.

M: Syrupy, oily, really coats the mouth, fairly astringent. Carbonation is good.

D: Goes down alright, but not anything to write home about. Pretty strong.

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Photo of jmich24
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel Tulip

A: Cloudy dark ruby red color. One finger light tan head lacing is nice and sticky.
S: Citrus, pine and sweetness from the malt. Solid but not amazing.
T: Starts with a nice citrus spicy hop kick. A touch of sweetness in the middle before a lingering bitter finish.
M: Medium mouthfeel, finishes wet and bitter.
D: Pretty good drinkability, despite the 9% ABV.

Very nice DIPA would love to try on draught someday.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium copper color - darker than many in this style, somewhat cloudy. Pours with a thin head but leaves some good sticky lacing on glass.

Light citrus and malt on an understated nose. Heavy bodied with sweet malts dominating the taste. Citrus and herbal hops with a nice lingering bitterness are somewhat overshadowed by the mouthcoating maltiness.

A big tasty double IPA - quite filling and not as complex or as hop-forward as some.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.41/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just cracking this within the best by date

A: Pours a dark orangish amber color with a small off white foam head that dissipates to a film. There is a lot of lacing.

S: An ok amount of citrus and pine hops, alcohol and some bready malt.

T: A little bit better then the smell, the pine hops are more prevalent and there is a malt undertone that balances the hops a bit. Was expected more pine and citrus.

M: A medium bodied beer that leaves the palate slightly bitter.

D: A solid offering from Weyerbacher. Even though I drank before the freshness date, maybe a little fresher would be better. Would try it again.

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Photo of samie85
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Pours a chestnut red color with two fingers of thick, frothy white head.

S-Really juicy grapefruit, mango and pine with some light malt and caramel.

T-Tropical fruit with some grapefruit and pine and a little caramel malt.

M-Smooth and medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

D-This is actually insanely drinkable, mostly due to dryhopping I think. This beer has a ton of hop flavor and aromatics without much bitterness.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA can a deep, slightly cloudy orange amber colour and an impressive head (it was at least 3 cm when poured and never got smaller than 5mm). This beer smells of hops. The smell is a little sweeter than most most doubles I've had. It's very nice: sweet, orangey and maybe a little sour. This beer is hoppy and fruity. It has a lovely and intense tangy-orange flavour with some sourness. The aftertaste is slightly bitter. This beer is thick and foamy in the mouth. I really enjoyed it a lot. Delicious.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A little 12 ozer..C'mon guys, how bout a bottled on date? I'm just kiddin. Hops were meant as a preservative, ya know? How soon we forget.
Blood orangey goodness, a head fit with vim and vigor both. Classy simcoe aroma, grapefruit and mango, mixed in with a good malt base. Very solid double. Really have no way of knowing how fresh this is. The hops still stand up quite well, the bitterness is effective but not over the top. I'm pretty sure my sister almost enjoyed the sip she had. Hard to say.
Liked it, liked the unfiltered a bit more.

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Photo of mjw06
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a special beer, one that stands out amongst an array of brewers who simply want to barrage you with hops and call it a good beer. One thing I've noticed about hops is, well... they taste hoppy, as in the flavor tends to hop around different spots on the tongue. This was the first IPA I've enjoyed where my entire palate was full of taste and hop goodness. It was a little overwhelming upon the first sip, but midway through I had a great appreciation for it. The hop taste is mostly sweet potpourri on a just-beginning-to-stale white bread. Flows smooth at the roof of the mouth and leaves and little residual taste or feel on the back of the tongue - just a pinch of hop here and a pinch of bread there. I could enjoy two or three of these in one nite and enjoy myself. Definitely one of my favorite and for sure most memorable IPA.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's poured into a pint glass....A dark muddy orange, light tan head, good retention but weak watery lacing...The aroma is sweet with lots of alcohol, wet hops, pin resin, light caramel and pineapple. Nice for a dipa because while the alcohol is present its pretty muted. Easy to drink

This is a rare Weyerbacher winner.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note- Catching up on backlogged review notes. This was fresh when consumed.

On tap in a shaker pint. Hazy dark caramel amber with a finger of thick creamy head. Nice sticky lacing.

Huge maltiness to the nose, but also a freight train of pungent, earthy and cannabis hops with a touch of sweet citrus. This one should be interesting...

Tastes very much like it smells. The syrupy malt and almost sluggishly thick body would be overpowering if not for the absolutely massive hop presence. Stinging resiny pine bitterness with a load of dank and pungent flavors. Plenty of tangy pineapple and grapefruit as well. Seems like it would have a little grittiness to it if it weren't so thick.

Overall impression: Malty as hell, but that hop profile is pretty crazy.

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Photo of IHC
3.06/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall I was slightly disappointed with this beer. First, I put the beer in the fridge to cool down for only about 20 minutes. I like my beer cool not cold so I dont let it get to a fridge temp. However when I opened this beer the bottle's cork top blew off and foam poared out of the beer for a minute or so. I've had that happen with homebrews and this is a bottle conditioned beer, but I wasnt expecting that. I also wasnt impressed with the aroma of the hops! I might not be a fan of simcoe hops, i dont know this is my first beer with them in it but I didnt like the overall aroma though the taste of the beer was still good for an ipa.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up an 750ml bottle in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a tulip glass - thanks fellas!

A: Pours a hazy deep copper hue with a two-finger head leaving solid lacing in my glass from start to finish.

S: Nice grassy hop, grapefruit zest, sweet earthy malt, funky yeast, fermented fruit.

T: Earthy bitter hop - very resinous, grassy with big grapefruit flavor in the mix as well. Sweet roasted malts that balance the massive hop presence nicely, but still lets the hop flavor come through in the overall taste. I'm not generally a fan of East Coast IPA's, let alone a DIPA (just generally too malty, not allowing the hop to do its thing), but this one came highly recommended, and man I am pleasantly surprised - really enjoying this one a lot.

M: Medium-bodied, pretty sticky and smooth, good carbonation and good bitter feel from the hop.

D: Good drinkability and especially for a 9% but you'd be hard pressed to drink more than a 750ml in one sitting.

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Photo of in780
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint. Here we go:

A - Extremely cloudy golden brown with little head. Some noticeable sediment floating around.

S - Sweet aroma, floral with a lot of citrus.

T - Surprising level of malt, much more noticeable than the hops, although there is a lot of grapefruit here too. Appropriate amount of booze considering the abv.

M - Low carbonation, a little slick.

D - Goes down pretty smooth, and with higher malt balance evening out the hops, a couple of these would be easy to do.

This is my first Weyerbacher, certainly will be trying more from them.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.31/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick, gooey orange with a large beige head. Foamy retention leaves lacey smackerels aplenty.

It does smells like simcoe, that piney, citrus, tangerine goodness, but not exactly overpowering. These hops need to lift some weights.

Wow, this is a malty DIPA. Too malty for it's own good if I do say so myself. There's some skunky, orange citrus floating in the thick, sweet, malty swamp which breaks it up a bit but I need more hops! That said, the malt character is wonderfully chewy and complex in it's own right, I'd just like some more hops with my hoppy beer please. Slightly remeniscient of peach schnapps.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of grapefruit and piney hops

T - Follows the nose with the grapefruit and piney hops on some sweet malt

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this is a pretty good beer very easy drinking for the abv if you like hop bombs this is one that you'll want to get your hands on to try

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - poured into tulip. deep orange/amber pretty opaque. thin oily head.

S - syrup and alc. kind of piny.

T - sweet hoppy and piny. hard to find a good and balanced (to my tastes) IIPA.

M/D - kind of thick. i didn't love it. reminded me of a DFH 120 min lite. glad i picked up a single instead of a 6'er. i was surprised that this is so highly rated after tasting, but i guess for the hop-heads, here's a double.

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Photo of hopheadjuice
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date.

Pours a rather dark almost red copper with some unfiltered floaties and a tight white head that leaves its lace.

Aromas of dank bitter simcoe hops and a big sweet malt backbone as well. Hops range in taste from Strong grapefruit rind, fresh cut pine, mango, pineapple, and lemon.

Taste is very bitter, not for the faint of hop. You need to love bitter to understand whats going on here, a huge amount of caramel malts attempt to balance the bracingly bitter onslaught of simcoe hops.

Medium bodied with good carbonation for this style. Finishes extremely dry.

Great drinkability for a 9% ABV beer, perfect fix for any hop head.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2010-11-15 in Wisconsin Dells.

A - Mildly hazy red each with a short ligtht tan head and good lacing.

S - Big blast of tropical fruit, caramel, grass, apple crisp and plum.

T - Medium roasted grain, caramel, candied apple, orange peel, a fair amount of alcohol and then a sweet malt and bitter finish with the bitter winning in the end. Not as well-balanced as some big DIPAs. I like it but wouldn't travel far to get more.

M - Thick and creamy with lowish carbonation. Moderately resinous that lingeringly coats the mouth.

D - One is nice for sipping.

Notes. Had another bottle on 2011-04-01 that was fresher than the one above. This had more carbonation and the hop smells and taste were fresher but the rest of the malt- heavy tastes are the same. I'm leaving my review ratings as is.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.13/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Double Simcoe pours a full-looking golden orange color that is a bit hazy. A robust creamy off-white head sits on top and leaves sticky lace on the glass.

Smell: Pretty much what you would expect from Simcoe - pine, cannibis, earth, and herbs.

Taste: The pale malt is noticeable but becomes overwhelmed quickly. Juicy, sappy pine really dominate the flavor, and eventually overwhelms me. A little bit of sweetness lingers a bit too long from the malt. Finishes sappy and piney, with a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Huge mouthfeel, both from the chewy malt and the sticky, sappy pine. Leaves a sticky feeling on the lips and tongue.

Drinkability: I liked the purity of the one hop taste originally, but it quickly became cloying. Simcoe is a hop better used as a complement to other varieties, in my opinion.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy orangish color with a solid two finger head with a lot of staying power and which leaves behind a lot of lacing.

S: A very powerful aroma, but not overly complex. Primary (only) smell that I could detect was that of hops. Had I not known better I would have put it down to cascade hops because of the piney, grapefruit smell with slightly floral undertones.

T: Really great tasting beer. The hops are strong, bringing a nice bitter, grapefruit/orange flavor. They are balanced by a deep malty flavor that keeps the hops from overwhelming. The taste of alcohol doesn't cut through all the other flavors, but I could tell it was there.

M: Sticky, a good amount of carbonation that partially balances the stickiness. Easy to drink.

D: A very solid brew. Not hoppy and bitter enough to blow you away, but well balanced and delicious. Maybe a nice halfway point between an IPA and a DIPA.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled a 12 oz bottle. Poured a hazy orange, with a dense tannish head that had a ton of stick. Smell was the embodiment of IPA, hoppy and more hoppy! Taste was superb - the equivalent of citrus I cannot compare to the Simcoe hops.. mostly like an orange, but smoother and mellower. The malt base is boldenough to balance out those hops. Finish was dramatic and dry, but not overwhelming. Drinkability was very high for such an alcoholic brew. Very good.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a hazy (chill haze?) deep amber with a big light tan head that disappears quickly. Haze does not disappear as it warms.

Aromas of grapefruit, alcohol, and malt, in that order of strength.

Frist sip is of a restrained grapefruit flavor, with a nice malt backbone for balance, then a bracing bitterness at the end. A little alcohol heat. No carbonic bite, but there is some prickly carbonation.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and on the light side of sticky sweet, with a mouth-coating bitterness, almost puckering.

Highly drinkable, as hop bitterness does not invite the palate fatique of most DIPAs. Very nice balance, which isn't too common in most such beers.

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Photo of tpowenski
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bear poured with a slight head and a deep caramel color. I noted a slight crisp almost flowery scent/aroma.

Double Simcoe IPA had a sharp and slightly bitter but very pleasant taste. I noted a burnt nutty flavor but with a crisp and quick finish. There are slight overtones of citrus.

This beer fills your mouth with a very complex and slightly bitter note which quickly dissipates and leaves your mouth feeling refreshed.

Very drinkable and refreshing beer. Complex and playful. I would absolutely drink more.

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Photo of stonermouse
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours a pure copper color, without much cloudiness. Looks roughly like a lager.

Smell is a bit tart, with a touch of hops. Doesn't give away much. Didn't notice any alcohol either.

So, pure Simcoe hops, huh? The hop flavor surprised me, because an earthy, slightly floral pine in this beer was the dominant hop flavor. On the bitter-er side of the bitterness scale as well. I was surpised, as I didn't associate Simcoes with this particular flavor. I didn't get any of the fruitiness I was expecting. Perhaps I had this hop pegged wrong... The flavor was pretty nice nonetheless. Only a little metallic bite kept this from being really tasty.

Mouthfeel is decent, not spectacular. The flavors stick fairly well, but that metallic keeps pushing through and sticks around as well.

Drinkability is good on this one. Mine came in a four pack, which would be quite an adventure in one night considering the ABV. Still, I could come back to this often, in many different situations. Good all-around brew.

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Photo of wallaceandvomit
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- nice medium head that didnt last very long but left a thin ring of lacing, medium dark caramel color
s- strangely the first thing i thought of when i smelled this was a sweaty sock but then i can picked out the grapefruit/citrus/piney smells
t- tastes kinda like it smells, a little bit of caramel malt, lots of pine and grapefruit
m- medium mouthfeel, maybe a tad creamy, not great but good
d- its definitely a good beer but i could see where this wouldnt be a good beer for people new to ipas, very enjoyable but im not so sure its worth its pricetag

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Double Simcoe IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
4.08 out of 5 based on 3,238 ratings.
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